Andrew Anglin (1984 - ) is a North American white supremacist who operates The Daily Stormer, one of the world's most influential neo-Nazi sites.
On the Chinese platform Weibo, The Daily Stormer presents itself as "a group of American political dissidents who oppose the injustices and corruption of the deep state."
Anglin is a loyal admirer of the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and is influenced by the terrorist Theodore Kaczynski (known as the "Unabomber"). He launched his first website, Outlaw Journalism, in 2006. Then in 2012 came Adventure Quest, an online platform evoking all manner of conspiracies, including the "reptilian" theory of reptiles controling the world, popularized by David Icke. That same year Anglin also launched the blatant neo-Nazi site Total Fascism, proving his fascination for Adolf Hitler.
A few months later, in July 2013, Anglin created The Daily Stormer. The title is an undisguised allusion to Der Stürmer, the notorious Nazi newspaper that appeared in Germany from 1923 to 1945. The site specializes in publishing Holocaust denial content.
On October 7 and 8, 2018, leaflets from the Daily Stormer were distributed on US university campuses and in other places across more than a dozen states including California, Wisconsin, New York and Virginia. Representing several American personalities with a Star of David on their foreheads (notably the philanthropist George Soros and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein), the leaflets accused the group of being part of a Jewish conspiracy behind allegations of sexual assaults against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated to the Supreme Court the day before. Kavanaugh's portrait was accompanied by the phrase: "Every time an anti-white, anti-American, anti-freedom event takes place, look: it's the Jews behind it."
On August 8, 2019, Anglin was ordered to pay $14 million in damages to a woman named Tanya Gersh. She had been threatened and harassed as a result of the smear campaign he had launched against her. Anglin had encouraged his subscribers to launch a "troll storm" against Gersh, accused of having attacked the mother of another far-right activist, Richard Spencer. As a result, Gersh's family received hundreds of harassing messages, often with antisemitic overtones. Commenting on the verdict, Gersh hailed her victory "for all those who have been harassed, terrorized and bullied". "Don't be afraid to face hate and don't let hateful people define who you are. We will not let them win,” she said. However, it is unclear how Gersh's payout from Anglin will be enforced as he does not live in the US (he is reportedly living in exile in Cambodia). An arrest warrant was issued on November 9, 2022 for Anglin after a federal court in Montana found he had refused to comply with the judgment against him.
In 2021 and 2022, Anglin used The Daily Stormer to actively incite the pro-Trump movement to challenge the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election known as "Stop the Steal."
Anglin has nearly 23,000 followers on the micro-blogging platform GAB. Banned from Twitter in 2013, he had his account temporarily restored on December 2, 2022 following Elon Musk's takeover of the platform.
"Hitler was aesthetically very cool. I don't think even Jews could argue with that."
Source: Gab, May 23, 2022.
"The day is coming when we will tear down the hoax memorial [Holocaust - ed.] in Berlin and replace it with a 300-meter tall statue of Hitler."
Source: The Daily Stormer, April 8, 2016.
(Last updated on 03/12/2022)